Friday, February 5, 2010

Dark Days Challenge Week 12

Tonight is our 2nd major snowstorm in the DC area this winter.  The forecasters say this will break all records and could reach 26 inches.  Boy oh boy, it's like I'm back in New England.

I had invited friends over for dinner tonight and luckily they only live a few blocks away so they were intrepid and walked over here. 

I made pork ribs, using ribs from my heritage Tamworth Hog.  The came out of the freezer at the beginning of the week, then on Wed, I smeared a dry rub on them and let them sit in the fridge until today.  Baked in the oven for an hour, then basted with a spicy tomato sauce for another 45 min.


The ribs were served with roasted potatoes - regular and sweet.  The regular potatoes (which were a pretty pink hue inside) were bought at the farmer's market and the sweet potatoes were from my garden.  The other side dish was roasted green beans and garlic  (my garden).


Happy diners!

For dessert I made vanilla pudding.  The milk, butter and eggs were from my dairy.  Surprisingly, very few of my cookbooks had a recipe for good old fashion vanilla pudding.  I don't know why I didn't look in the Joy of Cooking first because, of course, it was there.  Basically mix sugar and cornstarch and milk together, cook over a double boiler until thick.  Combine with 2 beaten eggs, put back on heat and cook for a couple of minutes.  Take off heat, stir in some butter and vanilla.  Put in a bowl, place plastic wrap right on top of pudding (this prevents a skin from forming) and cool in the fridge.


  1. Did you grow the pig yourself? I'm new to your blog and very interested in heritage breed pigs. Writing a book, in fact.

    It's one tasty pig isn't it? Just found you through a Google alert. You can find me at and I have a Facebook fan page for Pig Tales, too. Why not share your favorite Tamworth recipe there?

  2. Oh my, no I don't grow my own hog! Not sure where it would go in my city backyard. I got it from my farmer friend in West Virginia.

  3. Since you are using homegrown potatoes, would you like to enter this post in our Grow Your Own roundup this month? Full Details at